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Port Profiles Overview

Port profiles provide a convenient way to manually or automatically provision switch interfaces. Port profile configuration involves the following steps:

  1. Configuring port profiles from the switch template or switch configuration page.

  2. Applying the profiles to the switch ports. You can either manually assign a profile to the port or define rules to assign a profile to a port automatically.

    • Static port profile assignment—Enables you to predefine port profiles and manually assign them to specific switch ports. These profiles are used for static provisioning of switch ports.

    • Dynamic port profile assignment—Enables you to configure rules for dynamic assignment of port profiles based on the device connected to the switch port. Dynamic port profiles are used for autoprovisioning of switch ports (colorless ports).

Static Port Profiles

You can predefine port profiles and manually assign them to specific switch ports during switch configuration. This option enables you to statically assign port profiles to the ports. You can do this from the Port Config tab in the Select Switches section of the switch template. You can also do this at the switch level, from the Port Configuration section on the switch details page.

Dynamic Port Profiles

Dynamic port profiles enable you to configure rules for dynamically assigning port profiles to an interface. When a user connects a client device to a switch port with dynamic profile configuration, the switch identifies the device and assigns a suitable port profile to the port. Dynamic port profiling utilizes a set of device properties of the client device to automatically associate a preconfigured port and network setting to the interface. You can configure a dynamic port profile based on the various parameters such as LLDP name and MAC address.

Here's an example of a rule that automatically assigns the port profile 'AP' to a Mist AP. As per this rule, when the port identifies a device with a chassis ID that starts with D4:20:B0, it assigns the 'AP' profile to the connected device.

For your dynamic port configurations to take effect, you also need to specify the ports that you want to function as dynamic ports. You can do this by selecting the Enable Dynamic Configuration check box on the Port Config tab in the Select Switches section of the switch template. You can also do this at the switch level, from the Port Configuration section on the switch details page.

See Create a Switch Configuration Template for more information on how to configure port profiles.